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Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half when Manchester City were leading 1-0

Liverpool will appeal against the length of Sadio Mane's three-match ban after he was sent off during Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Mane, 25, was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot.

The Senegal forward is due to miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup.

His ban could be reduced by one or two matches if the appeal is successful.

It has been a whirlwind summer in terms of transfers, with some interesting deals taking place all across Europe.

For some players, a move this summer meant reuniting with a particular former teammate, so let's take a look at 7 or the more high-profile cases of this...

 

7. Mehdi Benatia and Douglas Costa

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Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia spent two full seasons at the Allianz Arena, but never really threatened to hold down a regular first-team spot and was sent on loan to Juventus last season, making the deal permanent over the summer.

While Benatia's exit from Bavaria was hardly surprising, Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, who had performed well since signing from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, was unexpectedly shown the door this summer too, joining the centre-back amongst the Serie A champions' ranks.

 

6. Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma

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After a decade with Real Madrid, no-nonsense defender Pepe swapped the Spanish capital for Besiktas, with the Turkish side even using his former teammate at Porto, Ricardo Quaresma,to announce his arrival via social media.

In addition to playing with the eccentric winger for the Portuguese national side, with whom they both helped to emerge victorious at Euro 2016, Pepe will now line up alongside Quaresma week in, week out.

5. Benjamin Mendy and Beranrdo Silva

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Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy were not left apart very long - 23 days to be exact - as Manchester City finally ended their long-term pursuit of the latter by announcing his arrival at the Etihad.

A few weeks earlier Mendy's teammate at Monaco, Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva, was also unveiled by the Citizens and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping the pair can produce the same sort of magic as they did last season in the Champions League.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy

 

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A relatively new addition to the highest level of Turkish football, Istanbul Basaksehir have made a statement again this summer, by bringing in high-profile names to a club which was only formed in 1990.

Two of those that came through the doors at the Fatih Terim Stadium are Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy. The duo, who both made their name at Arsenal, are now in the twilight periods of their careers.

 

3. Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder

 

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Both Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder were part of Inter's historic treble-wining season during the 2009/10 campaign, but each one took a rather different path there after, with the Dutchman spending the next five years in Turkey with Galatasaray.

The Italian striker, meanwhile, went back and forth between the Premier League and Serie A before eventually finding salvation with Nice. The bad boy has now been joined in the south of France by Sneijder and will play again together in the Champions League this season.

 

2. Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante

 

Leicester City's incredible title in two seasons ago had a lot to do with the hard-working partnership of Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante in midfield and the latter, who earned the PFA Player of the Year award as a result, was captured by Chelsea for £30m soon after.

The French international proved to be a snip as he played a crucial role in delivering the title to the Blues and his former partner in crime has now followed suit, signing for the Blues for a reported £35m.

1. Dani Alves and Neymar

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Undoubtedly the biggest story of the summer, Neymar's record-breaking move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has countless side stories, one of which is his reunion with former Barca man and international teammate Dani Alves.

Alves, who only arrived in the French capital himself a few weeks before Neymar, spent last season at Juventus and faced off against the 25-year-old superstar in the Champions League final.

 

Source: 90minutes.com

Sloanes triumphed 6-1 0-6 7-5 to seal her spot in Saturday's final at Flushing Meadows

 

Sloane Stephens will face Madison Keys in the US Open final as the next generation of American talent took centre stage at Flushing Meadows.

After two decades of dominance from the Williams sisters, either 24-year-old Stephens or 22-year-old Keys will become the first American woman from outside the family to win a grand slam singles title since Jennifer Capriati in 2002.

Venus Williams led four players from the host nation into the semi-finals for the first time in 36 years and boasted more wins in New York than the other three put together.

But the 37-year-old had to cede the advantage to Stephens, who prevailed in a terrific deciding set to win 6-1 0-6 7-5 before Keys crushed Coco Vandeweghe 6-1 6-2.

 

Both young women might well have expected the US Open to come too soon after injury problems this season.

Stephens' comeback has been the more dramatic. The former Australian Open semi-finalist was unable to walk after foot surgery in January and was playing in just her fifth tournament since returning from injury.

She was ranked down at 934 only a month ago, and said: "I have no words to describe what I'm feeling, what it took to get here, just the journey I've been on, I have no words.

"When I started my comeback, if somebody told me I was going to make two semis and a grand slam final, I would probably have passed out, which is what I feel like right now. I don't know how I got here, just hard work, that's it."

Keys has struggled with pain in her wrist and has twice been under the knife, most recently after the French Open in June.

 


The 22-year-old has long been touted as a future slam champion and showed why here, giving good friend Vandeweghe little chance in a performance that saw her hit 25 winners and only nine unforced errors.

Keys was 5-0 up after 13 minutes having allowed Vandeweghe only four points and, although it became a little more competitive from there, the result never looked in doubt.

The only concern for Keys was a medical time-out she took late in the match, returning to the court with strapping on her right thigh.

She said: "I'm still shaking. I think I played pretty well tonight. I knew I had to rise to the occasion and I'm just really happy to be in the final. I couldn't feel better than I feel right now.

"Sloane is a new person right now, she's really loving being out on the court again and she's obviously playing really well. I'm really excited we get to play each other in a US Open final. It's pretty cool to say."

 


The first semi-final turned into a tremendous battle after two one-sided sets, the first dominated by Stephens and the second by Williams.

Stephens returned from her 10-month break with a new, relaxed attitude, happy simply to be playing tennis again.

And that showed in the final stages as she held her nerve superbly against a player who first made the US Open final 20 years ago.

Williams was two points away at 5-4 30-30 but Stephens won a jaw-dropping rally with a backhand winner down the line and did not look back.

 


"That was good," she said. "And the next game I played, incredible. I think that really gave me some momentum and really pumped me up. When you get your chance, you've really just got to take it and make the most of it."

It was another case of so near and yet so far this year for the evergreen Williams, who was beaten in the final of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon nine years after her last grand slam title.

She said: "It was definitely well competed. She ended up winning more points than I did. I continued to play aggressive and continued to play the kind of match that it takes to win. Just made too many errors there at the end.

"For me, it's about putting myself in the position all the time to get the titles, and that's exactly what I did. That's all I could do."

Source: Mirror.com

A World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed after the match referee was banned for life by Fifa.

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for “match manipulation”.

He awarded a penalty to South Africa in their 2-1 win in November last year for handball but replays showed the ball hit Senegal’s Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee.

The match is due to be replayed in the November 2017 international window.

Lamptey was initially banned for life in March but on Wednesday the decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Lamptey, who also officiated at the Rio Olympics last year, declined BBC Sport’s invitation to comment at the time of his original ban, which came about after a complaint from the Senegal Football Federation.

Senegal and South Africa are currently third and fourth respectively in Africa’s Group D behind Burkina Faso and Cape Verde Islands. Only the top team qualifies for next year’s finals in Russia.

Source: BBC Sport

Teams in England's top flight have elected to stop the purchase of players before the next campaign begins in a bid to stop transfers unsettling stars
Premier League clubs have voted to close the next summer transfer window before the beginning of the 2018-19 season.

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